Monthly Archives: October 2016

Get to Know…Angelina Smy

Its all about the exotic.

Its all about the exotic look in 2016.

This week we are joined by the exotic looking Ms Smy. For those that have seen the rise and rise of Angelina’s running this year will all agree that she has tremendous determination when it comes to running. She has achieved ten PB’s at Preston Park parkrun this year alone as well as numerous more in various races she has appeared in also. She has been a permanent fixture in the top 5 of the Super Series challenge through out the 14 races so far in the accumulative points section so there is no doubt this has been a fine racing season for her. A gentle mannered lady and an absolute pleasure to know so let’s find out what Angelina is all about.

Name: Angelina Smy

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I first joined in January 2013 (although as I had to move away from Brighton for a bit at the end of that year it is probably only since early 2015 that people think I joined)!  At the time I wanted to join a club to keep me motivated and keep me running regularly as I need structure and Monday night track nights worked really well for me.  I really appreciated the support and encouragement that I received from everyone as an improving runner and I really do feel that it is because of Arena that I seem to have improved quite a lot since I joined!

2. How long have you been running:
Only a couple of years before I joined Arena.

3. Where did you grow up:
Felixstowe in Suffolk.  Not too far from Al Silverster as I discovered from his Get to Know!

4. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning: 
How is that the time already?!

5. What do you do for fun:
Eat!  I’ve been told I can eat a lot for my size.  Other than that spending time on/near the beach on a nice day, yoga, visiting my school and uni friends, (many of whom seem to have moved across the country if not the world!) and generally seeing or trying out new things.

6. Is social media a good thing or a bad thing:
Ha ha – I know why you asked me this because it’s difficult to find me on various social media platforms as I don’t always use my full name!  I just don’t think my life is that interesting and because I’ve got quite a unique name if I used it you could actually find me quite easily online which freaks me out a bit!  I do think it’s a good thing because you can keep in touch with friends and family all over the world so much more easily than you ever could before and can find anything out in an instant.

7. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be:
This is really difficult!  Either a really good selection of French bread, cheese and wine or whatever I could get from a sushi belt.

8. What are the three most used apps on your phone: 
Really boring ones: – Google Maps, Google Calendar, Twitter (following – not posting!)

9. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4:
[It’s a book of photography so not technically line 4 – but this is what is on page 18]: “Facing a small amount of confrontation when a problem is in its infancy will save a large amount of confrontation when the problem is fully grown.” from Going out on a Monday by Gill Copeland

10. Without looking, guess what time it is and how close were you: 
2pm – it’s 14.17.

11. Have you ever had or do you have a nickname:
In my last job it was “Ballerina” (I have a feeling in my current job I am still called that – just not to my face! 🙂 ) some of my close friends call me “Ag”, but I am mostly an Ange.  I do answer to most things…

12. What makes you happy:
Spending time with friends and family, travelling, running, sunshine, eating!

13. What was the last film you watched:
Bridget Jones’s Baby

14. What type of music do you listen to the most:
Recently I seem to be listening mostly to Absolute Radio 90s, Juice Brighton or Discover Weekly on Spotify.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I am half Filipina.

16. What would be a great night out for you:
Good company, good food, good music and when something really random happens!

17. Have you ever won anything:
A trophy for the best serve in tennis when I was about 9!

18. What was the first song you ever purchased:  
It must have been something like “Love Me for a Reason” by Boyzone…!

19. What was the last thing you bought:  
A cappuccino and a peanut butter brownie from the Chalet Cafe at Preston Park

20. Do you have any superstitions:
I don’t think so…

Our biggest thanks to Ange for her Q&A’s this week and we hope that you have now got to know Angelina Ballerina a little better. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.

Get to Know…Paul Hebden

Paul Keeping the opposition at bay.

Paul Keeping the opposition at bay.

This week we are joined by a fairly newish member in terms of Arena years. For those that have met Paul will already know this but Paul is one for those guys that one instantly take a liking too. A nice northern lad with a good sense of humour to match. If you haven’t yet ahd the pleasure then next time you are out there at track or a race, pop you self forward and say ‘Hi’ (no pressure to now be humorous Paul). Let’s meet the man and see what he’s all about.

Name: Paul Hebden

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I started training with Arena in November 2015. I’d managed to stay injury free for a bit and wanted to kick on with my running.

2. How long have you been running:
I used to compete when I was a kid, then stopped…for years and years. I only started at a sustained level again in the summer of 2015.

3. Where did you grow up:
Bradford.

4. Which three words describe you best:
Loyal, fatigued and occasionally funny.

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Running takes up most of my free time (what’s freetime?).

6. What’s been the highlight of 2016:
Oh a PB, here and there. I got one at the Bright 10 today actually, but it was strangely unsatisfying because of the stupid weather.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again: 
Marry my wife.

8. What was your favorite subject at school:
I hated school. But I liked Geography, History, Physics and PE.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Stuart McCall.

10. What will be a highlight of 2017:
To get close to a sub 40 10k would be nice, but generally to get faster, for longer.

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
I don’t really have a list. But to give up work and run more would be great.

12. What is your favourite drink:
The first coffee of every morning.

13. What makes you laugh:
My son, Cassius, he’s the funniest guy I know.

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
Karl Marx (he used to get pissed round the pubs of Soho and start fights) Jesus (for themiraculous free booze) and my childhood pal Andrew Baranowski who tells excellent stories and falls asleep in nightclub speakers.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I starred in a Doritos advert (sharp intake of breath): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai4LmH5ZaTQ (admin says “ha ha ha ha you are never going to live this one down Paul”!!).

16. What do you think about the most:
Running.

17. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch: A bonsai plant.
That’s crap… I’ll go sit somewhere else, hang on a minute.




Nope, still a bonsai plant (couldn’t actually move. Did I tell you I ran the Bright10 today?).

18. When are you at your happiest:
At home with my wife (Sacha) and Cassius.

19. If you didn’t run what other sport would you like to have done:
I used to swim competitively, play football, cricket and cycle. Always loved playing football, until someone snapped my cruciate ligament and I’ve grown to dislike the game in recent years. I can’t imagine doing any sport other than running tbh.

20. What has been you all-time favourite TV programme:
This is tough, I don’t watch much telly, but I am addicted to Youtube. I’ve watched every edition of the Tour De France on it. I’m currently about three weeks into rinsing all the cross country races on it. There’s some really obscure stuff, Stanmer Park and elsewhere, if you search hard enough. 

Our biggest thanks to Paul for his Q&A’s this week and we hope that you have now got to know Paul a little better. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.

Get to Know…Kerry Scott

Beautiful, blue and calm and Kerry looks ok as well.

Beautiful, blue and calm and Kerry looks ok as well.

This week’s choice we have finally managed to complete the fourth member of the ladies Musketeers team. Kerry Scott completes the group that have been so successful together over the last year. This all action girl is a great asset to the Arena ladies team and we have seen her running much improved over the last year or so. Always a smile for everyone and another of those “really nice people” who you would love to have as your friend. Let’s find out what makes Kerry tick.

Name: Kerry Scott

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I joined Arena in summer 2014. I’d just moved down from Birmingham and wanted to join a club to meet some people and try to improve my running at the same time.

2. How long have you been running:
About 16 years on and off. More concertedly for the last 6 years.

3. Where did you grow up:
Beautiful Broadstairs in Kent. I’m a seaside girl at heart.

4. What do the last five words of the last text sent to you say:
Do kisses count as words? I’m assuming not so: ‘January – book us in Brighton!’ It was one of my friends arranging a visit for next year.

5. What types of holidays do you prefer:
Long ones. We mostly like ‘doing stuff’ (skiing, walking, exploring  & seeing things) complemented by a bit of lazing around.

6. How long does it take you to get ready to go out:
Too long – I’m always late.

7. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning:
Can I go back to sleep?

8. What’s your favourite kind of drink:
Prosecco.

9. What makes you bored:
Celebrity news & watching daytime TV … Maybe with the exception of a Tipping Point!

10. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up:
Exercise. And hair straighteners.

11. What were you like a school:
Bit of a goody-two-shoes. I loved school and was pretty studious (egged on by my teacher parents).

12. What is your one weakness:
Crisps (the kettle chip type).

13. Who was you first celebrity crush pop star and TV star:
Pop star: Mark Owen (Take That – obvs).
TV star: Luke Perry (Beverley Hills 90210).

14. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 72, and find line 9, what does it say:
It says: Little Giant (apparently that’s a Lower East Side restaurant in New York).

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I have (proudly) appeared on two TV game shows.

16. Who is your sporting hero:
Can I have two?
Hero: Mo Farah.
Heroine: Martina Navratilova.

17. What one thing do you like to do the most:
Enjoy Friday night drinks with my husband and/or friends.

18. Apart from running what else do you like to do in your free time:
Buy running stuff, walk by the sea, catch up with friends, buy more running stuff.

19. Last gig you went to:
Comedy: James Acaster.
Music: Years and Years.

20. Have you ever baked a cake, who for and was it a success:
No – my culinary talents are pretty limited. It’s safer & tastier to buy.

Our biggest thanks to Kerry for her Q&A’s this week and we hope that you have now got to know Kerry a little better. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.

Get to Know…Andy Payne

Andy is always know to be a little on the laidback side.

Andy is always known to be a little on the laid back side.

This week’s choice is a very laid back character but someone who always brings something to the laughter table. Having been injured for many months, he is now making a very competent comeback and showing al the signs of coming back to good form. This week’s chosen member comes from Andy Payne and the other half of last week’s chosen member , Louise Payne so you could say our first Q&A’s double. Lets find out some more about Andy Payne.

Name: Andy Payne

1. When and why did you join Arena:
I was approached to join in 2002.

2. How long have you been running:
15 Years.

3. Where did you grow up:
Portslade.

4. Which three words describe you best: 
Quiet, anxious, knob!

5. Apart from running what else do you do with your free time:
Cycling, gym, alcohol.

6. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week: 
Barns Green Half Marathon.

7. Tell me about something you would happily do again:
Brighton Marathon.

8. What was your favourite subject at school: 
Tried not to attend.

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Lance Armstrong (I know!!).

10. What one thing can you not bring yourself to throw away: 
The running shoes I wore in Brighton Marathon 2010.

11. Have you anything on your bucket list that you still want to do:
An Iron Man.

12. What is your favourite drink:
Ice cold beer.

13. Do you have any superstitions:
Loads!

14. Name 3 people (dead or alive) you would like to sit in a pub with:
Lance Armstrong – why?, my Dad (no longer here) to tell him I’m doing alright and Dave Gilmour and his guitar.

15. Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I was the runner up in the 1999 National 24 hour time trial cycling championships  with a distance of 475 miles.

16. Apart from your partner, who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with:
Madonna(not Pam Ferris!!).

17. Quote a line from one of your favourite songs: 
‘Me I’m just a lawnmower, you can tell me by the way I walk’. (admin says: this is from Genesis – “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)”).

18. Which time period would you visit in history:  
I like the present day.

19. If you didn’t run what other sport would you like to have done:
Rowing.

20. What was the last book you read:
Inside Team Sky by David Walsh.

Our biggest thanks to Andy for his Q&A’s and nice to know a little more about the man himself. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.